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Africa

IMF staff discussed Tunisia loan request, economic reforms
Africa

IMF staff discussed Tunisia loan request, economic reforms

  • "Of course we stand ready to support Tunisia and the Tunisian people, to cope with the impact of the crisis and move forward to an inclusive job-rich recovery and restore sustainable finances," Rice told a regular news briefing.
Published 06 May, 2021 08:05pm
Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak that killed six
Africa

Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak that killed six

  • The outbreak was contained using Merck's Ebola vaccine, which was given to more than 1,600 of the patients' contacts and contacts of contacts, the aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said.
  • The latest flare-up emerged on Feb. 3 in the city of Butembo with the death of a woman whose husband had contracted the virus in the previous outbreak.
Published 03 May, 2021 05:26pm
India's COVID-19 emergency is wake-up call to Africa
Africa

India's COVID-19 emergency is wake-up call to Africa

  • "We are watching with total disbelief...What is happening in India cannot be ignored by our continent," he told reporters.
  • The AU will convene a meeting with all African ministers of health on May 8, Nkengasong said, to "put everybody on alert".
Published 29 Apr, 2021 04:58pm
Tunisian hospitals buckle under COVID crisis
Africa

Tunisian hospitals buckle under COVID crisis

  • Dressed in a full protective suit, with only the band of her face between her mask and hair cap exposed, nurse Soumaya Ben Dhabou said the demand for oxygen and intensive care treatment was growing.
  • The government this month closed schools and put car traffic under a 7pm curfew, while leaving the overall curfew of 10pm unchanged, though more restrictions have been discussed.
Published 28 Apr, 2021 05:52pm
Five police officers killed in southeast Nigeria
Africa

Five police officers killed in southeast Nigeria

  • "Around evening time on Monday, we saw some people in a bus approach the police station, shoot the gate open, and killing all the six officials who tried to resist them," said Festus Okoye.
Published 27 Apr, 2021 04:03pm
South African public sector union prepares for strike as wage talks hit deadlock
Africa

South African public sector union prepares for strike as wage talks hit deadlock

  • In the 2021 budget presented in February, the National Treasury said ways to curb the wage bill could include freezing salaries for the next three years, headcount reductions and changing or abolishing some benefits for civil servants.
  • Those proposals further strained relations with unions, after a court battle over the government's failure to raise salaries last year.
Published 24 Apr, 2021 05:23pm
Egypt and Russia agree to resume all flights, including to resorts
Africa

Egypt and Russia agree to resume all flights, including to resorts

  • Flights to resort destinations Sharm al-Sheikh and Hurghada were suspended after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai in October 2015, killing 224 people.
  • The Egyptian statement did not specify a timeline for the resumption of flights, but Russia's Interfax news agency reported this week that flights could resume in the second half of May.
Published 23 Apr, 2021 05:10pm
Oxford-developed Malaria vaccine hailed as potential medical breakthrough
Africa

Oxford-developed Malaria vaccine hailed as potential medical breakthrough

  • A malaria vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, has proved to be 77% effective in early trials; being seen as a potential major breakthrough in the fight against the disease.
  • On the basis of these results, larger trials will now be carried out in nearly 5000 children between the ages of five months and three years, across four African states.
Published 23 Apr, 2021 04:03pm
African countries urged not to waste vaccines after expiry confusion
Africa

African countries urged not to waste vaccines after expiry confusion

  • My appeal to member states is: if we are doing our part to mobilise these vaccines, you do your part and use the vaccines.
  • South Sudan has set aside 59,000 doses supplied by the AU and is not using them because of the same expiry issue, a government official told Reuters last week.
Published 22 Apr, 2021 06:04pm
Chad President Idriss Deby killed on frontline, son to take over
Africa

Chad President Idriss Deby killed on frontline, son to take over

  • Chad's President Idriss Deby, who ruled his country for more than 30 years and was an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa, has been killed on the frontline against rebels in the north.
  • Deby's son, Mahamat Kaka, was named interim president by a transitional council of military officers.
Published 20 Apr, 2021 06:27pm
Somali government troops face off with forces loyal to sacked police boss
Africa

Somali government troops face off with forces loyal to sacked police boss

  • "Somalia's long-running political crisis has entered a new, dangerous phase," said the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank, in a briefing note on Saturday.
  • "The opposition is said to be considering forming a parallel government; cracks have deepened in a security apparatus long divided along clan lines; and the president's opponents have vowed to resist extension of his rule."
Published 17 Apr, 2021 04:34pm